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    Posted 4 years ago

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    This has been in our family for at least two generations, possibly longer. I’ve tried over the years to learn where it came from, what Red-0 means—is it the letter o or the number zero. I don’t see “Ball” on the jar-I see “Mason”. I’m so uneducated regarding the treasures we have been left by our loved ones.

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    1. flashlarue flashlarue, 4 years ago
      The jar is a Red Key brand not a Ball.
    2. ConnieJo99, 4 years ago
      Thanks to all who cleared my confusion-I had looked and looked -never realizing it was a key u Dyer the word “red”—duh! Confirms I’m a newbie!
    3. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      Hi there ConnieJo, If I am reading that correctly, the date says 1858? What ever that date says, is exactly when it's from. That's my understanding of it. At first I thought it said 1813. Had it said that, you may have been double lucky. Almost all canning "jars" with a number 13 anywhere on them were thrown away, for fear of "bad luck". It's something that is actually "rare" to find them with a 13, usually on the bottom if I remember correctly! There's not much one can call 'rare' these days with the internet showing item from around the world.
    4. jarsnstuff jarsnstuff, 4 years ago
      This jar was made in Redkey Indiana from 1897 to the early 1900s by the Redkey Glass Works. Your example appears to be a nice deep aqua in color with very strong embossing. My guess it would bring $25+ if you were to sell it. More than money, it's a great keepsake handed down through generations in your family. Canning jars carried the "Mason's Patent Nov. 30th 1858" wording well into the 20th century, finally being discontinued around WWI. And, I hate to contradict someone else, but the number 13 thing is a total hoax, home canners were far too frugal to destroy a perfectly good canning jar because of a number.

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